New TED Book asks: can changing how we teach make our kids smarter, more creative?

This is a very interesting blog. I like the theory and (working at a college) can see where the application of this learning method would be tremendously beneficial for college students. Let alone anyone who is not in school. Even children who are home-schooled have a varying set of criteria to follow. They (home-schooled children) are expected to be on par with other children in their age range. Lets all start thinking about the BEST way to teach people rather than the Easiest/Typical ways.

TED Blog

Ten years ago, educator Sugata Mitra and his colleagues cracked open a hole in a wall bordering an urban slum in New Delhi, installed a networked PC, and left it there for the local children to freely explore. What they quickly saw in their ‘Hole in the Wall’ experiment was that kids from one of the most desperately poor areas of the world could, without instruction, quickly learn how the PC operated. The children also freely collaborated, exploring the world of high-tech online connectivity with ease. The experiment (which provided the inspiration for the Oscar-winning film Slumdog Millionaire) was the dawning of Mitra’s introduction to self-organized learning, and it would shape the next decade of his research. Beyond the Hole in the Wall: Discover the Power of Self-Organized Learning is an important update to Mitra’s groundbreaking work, and offers new research and ideas that show how self-directed learning can…

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Enrolled!

I am enrolled in college again! I am just enrolled in Yoga, however I do need a second PE for any degree and I have wanted to take Yoga for a really long time. Besides I am scheduling time in my evening for school. Baby steps. I learned from my first time in college that if I am not interested, I won’t finish. This time around I am going to keep myself interested. Starting with Yoga this spring and adding an actual class or two this summer. It has been almost 10 years since I quit. Kinda crazy that it has taken me this long to be interested enough in going back, to actually start again. My major has changed radically, from Pre-pharmacy to Libral Arts with a basis in history. I think that’s what I will come out with right now!

PIPA/SOPA

I blogged breifly about these pieces of legislature last December and asked for your help in stopping them. A little less than a month has passed and as the Senate and House gear up to return after the holiday’s I ask again to do your part, as I have been doing mine.   I first learned about these from a webcomicker whose webcomic I have been following for a few years. Dominic Deegan: Oracle for Hire by Mookie at http://www.dominic-deegan.com.  On January 18th (tomorrow) there will be a ‘blackout’ to protest these abhorrent pieces of censorship.  BoingBoing will join Reddit in the Jan. 18th blackout, as will Tucows Inc. and all of the I Can Has Cheezburger sites. Craigslist came out against SOPA/PIPA. The White House said it would not support SOPA/PIPA! As Mookie says: momentum is building against these toxic bills but the fight isn’t over yet. Do what you can to let the House of Representatives and the Senate know that this legislation needs to be killed, not revised.  Please go to  sopastrike.com to join in tomorrow. This site lists websites that will be participating as well as ways you can help. It also links ways to block out your own website.   I pledged to donate a dollar if Wikipedia would blackout as well. On Jan 24th, Congress will vote to pass internet censorship in the Senate, even though the vast majority of Americans are opposed. We need to kill the bill – PIPA in the Senate and SOPA in the House – to protect our rights to free speech, privacy, and prosperity.

Also check out this site: fightforthefuture.org. This is one of the non-profits working to defend online freedom.

Happy New Year

Winter is in swing and the wind is here to let you know it. It is usually windy here but during the winter months is when I feel it the most. I have been staying bundled up and baking like mad. I don’t know if anybody has checked out Pinterest.com but I have signed up and can easily spend hours sorting through postings.

I find that I run across a lot of recipes and this is the time of year for me to gather more. It is a bit of a struggle to enjoy some of the recipes as I try to buy as locally as possible.  Yes I still go to chain grocery stores but I aim for local products or produce that is in season. I started this because it saves money.  I find the merchandise is fresher and tastes better too, not to mention the impact it has on so many other industries. Look in to buying locally, it may be something you want to do.

A quick update on that political issue I mentioned last month.  The vote on SOPA was postponed until after the holidays, so now is the time to start talking about this issue again. PIPA was postponed as well but we really need to raise the flag on these and as SOPA gains noteriety, PIPA will as well if only to a lesser extent. 

My sister created a digital button for me! It is beautiful, now I just have to figure out how to post it and what not. I changed my gravatar to the button, however I am not certain it has updated yet. Here’s to learning more about blogging!

Speaking of learning, did anyone else make any resolutions? I resolved to drink more water by having an equal amount of water between tea/soda/coffee or anything else. So far I have been succeding. I also resolved to take a college course (at least 2 by the end of the calendar year) that are educational. I am enrolled in Yoga and while I am ecstatic about that, I don’t believe I can count it as expanding my mind.  I will inevitably come up with more that I would like to do this year as time passes, hopefully I will act upon those particular thoughts as well.

Best of luck to all of you in your endevors.